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In our study of Esther chapter five, we look at the struggle between grace and pride. This is the same struggle that has been going on since the beginning when Satan rebelled against God.
"On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king's hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance." NIV translation
We saw the preparation of Esther and the Jews of Susa in chapter 4. We see that on the third day Esther goes to the king. We see that she put on her royal robes and this is a picture of each of us clothing ourselves in the blood of Jesus Christ before we go to meet the King.
"When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter." NIV translation
What a beautiful picture of grace that we see in this verse. By the law, Esther should have been taken out and killed for approaching the king without being requested. Instead, the king offered her a pardon by holding out his scepter. God does the same thing for each of us and all we have to do is to accept His gift of life. Just as there was nothing that Esther could do to save her life, there is nothing that we can do but accept the gift.
"Then the king asked, 'What is it Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.'" NIV translation
The king knew that something was bothering Esther and so he asked her about it. He offered her anything she wanted up to half of the kingdom. We have even more riches when we come to Christ as we are heirs with Him of everything.